Looks and tech­nol­ogy

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Call­away Rogue

Jail­break Tech­nol­ogy, which in­creases ball speed and im­pact ef­fi­ciency in Call­away driv­ers, is used in fair­ways for the first time. The In­ter­nal Stand­ing Wave and Tri­ax­ial Car­bon Crown move the cen­tre of grav­ity low and for­ward for high launch and low spin, while in­creas­ing sta­bil­ity and for­give­ness. It’s the clos­est of the three to a clas­sic fair­way wood pro­file with a gen­tly curved lead­ing edge, slightly deeper look­ing face and the shiny black fin­ish.

Key take­away: The clas­sic pro­file houses a lot of big-hit­ting tech­nolo­gies.

Tay­lorMade M4

Tay­lorMade woods have pro­duced in­cred­i­ble ball speeds ever since they in­tro­duced the Speed Pocket in Rock­et­ballz fair­ways. The M4’s en­hanced Speed Pocket com­bines with In­verted Cone Tech­nol­ogy and Split In­ter­nal Weight­ing to in­crease the sweetspot’s size and boost for­give­ness. The dis­tinct crown frames the ball nicely and there’s more curve to the sole of the head, which cre­ates more of a small driver pro­file with a strong face at ad­dress.

Key take­away: The Speed Pocket and head shape are built for power.

Ping G400

The Machined Back Weight shifts CG lower and fur­ther back than in the other two heads, which should give the most sta­bil­ity and more spin. The new marag­ing steel face is thin­ner, stronger and more flex­i­ble than the pre­vi­ous G’s face. A very flat sole and straighter lead­ing edge mean it sits flush to the ground and looks like it has more loft than the oth­ers, when it ac­tu­ally has 0.5° less. It’s the only one with an ad­justable hosel and has a matte black fin­ish.

Key take­away: The CG is po­si­tioned to boost launch in a pro­file that hugs the turf.

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